What a toothache feels like: Pain that can be continuous, sharp, or throbbing; pain when chewing
Possible causes of toothache: Decay or cavity, infection, pain from dental surgery, gum disease, abscess, impacted tooth, broken or chipped tooth
Tips to help relieve a toothache:
Clean your mouth by rinsing with warm, salt water
Use dental floss to remove food
Contact your dentist right away if pain is severe or lasts more than a day or two
Pain management for different types of tooth pain
Get your pain reliever dose right. Why?
If you take more medicine than the label says, you may increase your chance of serious side effects. To use OTC pain relievers safely:
Take the dose directed on the label
Wait the right amount of time between doses
Don’t take more than the daily limit
If your pain lasts for more than 10 days, stop taking the medicine and see your dentist
Remember, it’s important to identify the cause of your tooth pain. Only a dental professional can do this.
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